Diabetes News and Research

As a patient, it’s so important to understand your condition. This is especially true for people with diabetes. Though diabetes has no known cure right now, you should be aware of the recent medical advances and discoveries as researchers work on finding a cure and improving treatments.

Having access to up-to-date news about diabetes research is one of the best ways to become an educated patient. That’s why we’ll update you with weekly research and treatment information, so that you can take the best care of your diabetes, whether it’s type 1, type 2, or gestational.

The goal is to make you an informed person who can talk with ease about diabetes, not just with relatives and friends but also with your doctor. The more you know, the more involved you can be in your healthcare decisions.

Researchers seek to determine if combination of two type 1 diabetes medications will work
05/09/2011 - A new study on the possibility of combining injections of insulin and the blood sugar-mediating drug pramlintide could help individuals with type 1 diabetes limit the number of injections they need to take each day.
New study confirms benefits for type 2 diabetics of combining aerobic exercise and resistance training
05/09/2011 - When aerobic exercise is combined with resistance training, it can lead to significant improvements in cardiovascular risk factors among individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a group of Canadian researchers.
Insulin resistance precedes mitochondrial dysfunction in type 2 diabetics, study finds
05/08/2011 - Insulin resistance, which is common in individuals with type 2 diabetes, may result from dysfunctions in the mitochondria, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge. The findings help answer an enduring mystery that has perplexed diabetes investigators for years.
Intervention Programs Help Women with Gestational Diabetes Lose More Weight
05/05/2011 - Lifestyle intervention programs that target diet and exercise habits may help women who experience gestational diabetes retain less weight during pregnancy and reduce their future risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation.
Silencing a protein could turn fat cells into energy burners in individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/04/2011 - Silencing the neuropeptide Y (NPY) protein in the brain may turn adipose tissue into a type of fat that burns excess energy rather than storing it, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers. The findings could have major implications for obese individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Late sleepers eat more calories and have higher BMIs, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/04/2011 - Individuals who regularly stay up late may be more likely to eat excess calories and have a higher body mass index (BMI), putting themselves at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research out of Northwestern University.
Physical activity leads to significant improvement in blood sugar control for type 2 diabetics
05/03/2011 - A structured exercise program, whether it includes aerobic workouts or resistance training, may help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control, according to a new study from a team of Brazilian researchers.
Researchers connect poor sleep and uncontrolled blood sugar in type 2 diabetics
05/02/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who sleep poorly at night may be more insulin resistant and have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels than those who sleep well, according to a new study from a team of University of Chicago researchers.
Researchers discover why some type 2 diabetes medications cause weight gain
05/02/2011 - Thiazolidinedione (TZD) medications may be effective at lowering blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, but they have also been shown to cause significant weight gain. This can be a major health risk for individuals who are already more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
Current testing measures may miss many children at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/01/2011 - An early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can play an important role in successfully treating the condition, but researchers from Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics have found that standard testing measures may be insufficient for diagnosing the condition in obese children.
New study shows it may be possible to turn pancreatic cells into insulin producers in people with type 1 diabetes
04/28/2011 - A team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) may have discovered a mechanism that could turn cells in the pancreas into insulin-producing beta cells, thereby eliminating the need to take insulin injections among individuals with type 1 diabetes.
Medical costs are higher for children with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes than healthy youths
04/27/2011 - Young people who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes have significantly higher annual medical expenses than children who do not have the disease, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to type 2 diabetes risk in Caucasians, study finds
04/26/2011 - Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to racial differences in the way fat is stored in the body and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes among obese Caucasian children, according to a new study from a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers.
Researchers identify amino acids that may explain the benefits of gastric bypass surgery for type 2 diabetics
04/26/2011 - Lower levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may explain why obese individuals with type 2 diabetes who opt for gastric bypass weight loss surgery are often able to improve their blood sugar control even before they lose any weight, according to a new study out of Duke University.
Nutrient in tangerines shown to limit type 2 diabetes risk
04/25/2011 - The antioxidant nobiletin, which occurs naturally in high levels in tangerines, may help individuals avoid the symptoms of metabolic syndrome and prevent them from developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a group of University of Western Ontario researchers.
Researchers look at protein that may contribute to development of type 1 diabetes
04/24/2011 - Low levels of the protein interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) may predict an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes in children, according to a study currently being conducted by researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University.
New study describes molecular process that causes type 1 diabetes
04/21/2011 - A team of scientists from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has identified a group of previously unknown immune system cells that may play a major role in the development of type 1 diabetes. The researchers believe that their findings could lead to the creation of new medications to suppress these cells and help individuals avoid the condition.
New medication may limit kidney damage in individuals with type 2 diabetes
04/21/2011 - A new medication developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego may improve kidney function in individuals with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, and help them avoid end-stage renal disease, according to a new study from the group.
Low-carbohydrate diets shown to improve kidney function in individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
04/20/2011 - Low-carbohydrate diets may reverse impaired kidney function in individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
High levels of certain protein may throw off metabolic processes and increase risk of type 2 diabetes
04/19/2011 - An overabundance of the thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) in the brain could throw off a metabolic regulatory mechanism and increase an individual's risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Yeshiva University researchers.
Counseling patients with depression and type 2 diabetes may improve treatment outcomes
04/19/2011 - Addressing symptoms of depression may be one of the most important aspects of treating a person with type 2 diabetes, according to a new investigation from the VA Ann Arbor Health System.
Older type 2 diabetics with low blood sugar may have higher mortality rate
04/18/2011 - In addition to worrying about excessively high blood sugar levels, older adults with type 2 diabetes should be concerned about very low blood glucose levels as well. A new study from University of Chicago researchers has shown that this may result in a modest increase in their risk of death.
Artificial pancreas technology may be effective in adults with type 1 diabetes
04/17/2011 - During the night, many adults with type 1 diabetes experience dangerously low blood sugar levels. This can result in a number of potentially serious health complications. However, the use of an artificial pancreas may significantly improve the ability of these individuals' bodies to regulate glucose levels, according to a new study from University of Cambridge researchers.
Mother's diet during pregnancy can affect her child's obesity and type 2 diabetes risk
04/17/2011 - A woman's diet during pregnancy can cause changes to her unborn child's DNA that may significantly increase its risk of obesity and make it more likely to developing type 2 diabetes during its lifetime, according to new research from the University of Southampton.
Many individuals with type 2 diabetes are unaware of the dangers of hypoglycemia
04/14/2011 - A majority of individuals with type 2 diabetes experience low blood sugar levels during the course of everyday activities like working, driving and exercising. In some of these situations, the consequences could be serious, as low blood sugar often results in fainting and loss of consciousness.
 
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